Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

December 2019 – The Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is the gold standard of best practices for districts and ISDs in Michigan. Gifted students are included in the wording of the following:  “ALL students”, “EVERY student”, “ALL levels”, and “Advanced”.

MTSS is a Multi-Tiered System of Supports which is currently being implemented in the State of Michigan School Districts.  It is a framework of research-based strategies which was developed by the MDE to meet the individual needs and assets of the Whole Child.  It combines the education, health, and human service systems in support of successful learners, schools, centers, and community outcomes.

Kelley Senkowski, MAGC member, has been a member of the MTSS Committee for several years.  She has represented and advocated for Advanced learners in Michigan.

The MTSS framework provides schools and districts with an efficient way to organize resources to support educators in the implementation of effective practices so that all learners SUCCEED.

The 5 essential components of MTSS are as follows:

  • Team based Leadership
  • Tiered Delivery System
  • Selection and Implementation of Instruction, Interventions, and Supports
  • Comprehensive Screening and Assessment System
  • Continuous Data-Based Decision making

The MTSS is a major part of the Michigan’s Top 10 in 10 strategic plan, specifically:

GOAL 2: Implement, with strong district and building leadership, high-quality instruction in every classroom through a highly coherent, child-centered environment.

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